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People Who Are Freaking Geniuses: the Handmade Ryan Gosling Team
The new podcast will be a bit delayed, due to some drama behind the scenes, about which I'll elaborate soon.
Instead, let's have a purely awesome look at some People who are Freaking Geniuses – the women behind a Tumblog called Handmade Ryan Gosling. This will sound weird if you're not an internet-meme-junkie, but the whole site is photos of the actor Ryan Gosling, altered with captions that make him into every crafter's ultimate boyfriend.
For those of you asking "Why Ryan Gosling?!", the whole thing is part of one of those spontaneous internet memes. There are Ryan Gosling photoblogs for the feminist community, Shakespeare lovers, librarians, typographers, and more. Know Your Meme has a full history and growing library of these links. (Along with a really funny video of Ryan Gosling perusing some of these images. What a brain-bake to be him in this situation, eh?)
The women who brought this to the handmade community are: Ashley Ray, of One in the Hand, with help from Allyson Dykhuizen of The Sweatshop of Love, Lily Ubbelohde of The Owl and the Bee, and Katie Canavan of Under the Red Umbrella.
I asked Ashley how Handmade Ryan Gosling got started. She said:
"Every once in a while, someone on Twitter (myself included) would say something swoon-y about Ryan Gosling. I was introduced to the older Ryan Gosling Tumblogs sometime in November (I know, I was late to the party!) and was very entertained by them. I loved Feminist Ryan Gosling, Biostatistics Ryan Gosling, and my favorite was Librarian Hey Girl (I once wanted to be a librarian). Over the course of a few days, the Tumblrs kept popping up in my mind – I was thinking of how most of my Twitter friends who like him are crafters, and how we all feel territorial about him, as silly as that sounds. “He’s MY pretend boyfriend!” After sharing the same Tumblrs with different people, it finally occurred to me that I could make my own, about a topic I know well – a topic my friends would also get excited about. I imagined around 10 ladies giggling and sharing ideas back and forth."
…But it's actually spread like wildfire around the crafty community.
I have the best boyfriend on this green earth, but even I feel oddly comforted by these images, with their captions that speak directly to my crafty heart. And while feeling said comfort, I'm also laughing so hard I spit my coffee.
…So I need to make myself one of these that says "Hey, Girl… don't worry. I know the crafty podcast thing will come together soon. Meanwhile, let's go make something with plastic canvas."
UPDATE: OMG!! Meryl Ann just sent me this. I laughed so hard, I swear I got a core workout in the process. Thanks, Meryl Ann!